10 Chic Summer Dresses You Need This Season
From bloggers like Caroline Daur championing the return of animal print, to celebrities like Priyanka Chopra's love of minimalist ensembles, we are loving this season's vast array of trends.
No matter your personal style, there’s a summer dress to suit. From feminine ruffles to flattering silhouettes and out-there prints and patterns, we've found 10 on-trend summer dresses to add to your summer wardrobe.
Check them out in the gallery below:
It’s a wrap
The wrap dress has been a staple piece this year—it’s quick to put on and easy to style, and no one does a wrap dress like Diane Von Furstenberg. After all, her name has been synonymous with her iconic wrap dresses for almost two generations of women.
"It was so effortless, and it allowed women to go to work and still feel like women," she explains. The flattering and feminine '70s cult item is the perfect balance of dressed up and comfortable, and is a go-to piece for influential women including Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton.
Available at world.dvf.com
Polka dot it
Reformation’s slinky Finley dress makes a fitting contribution to arguably the most popular trend of 2018: polka dots, they have gone from the runways to the streets. Think back to Jacquemus’ epochal SS18 show, where models floated down the runway in elegant polka dotted garments and his momentous La Bomba chapeaus.
Other designers have also jumped on board with this trend. Balenciaga, Jason Wu and Carolina Herrera all embraced polka dots in recent collections, while Instagram stars like Aimee Song and models like Gigi Hadid have been embraced the trend with pride.
Available at thereformation.com
Who says you can’t have fun with layers in the summer? These light and airy frills give a modern romantic feel thanks to feminine details; all while accentuating the figure, speaking and making volumes.
These decorative elements bring fun into glamour, as seen in Phillip Lim and Mulberry’s SS18 collections. If—like us—you love a pop of colour and a memorable silhouette, this coral number by Saloni is a must-have.
Available at shopbop.com
The little white dress
The minimal and classic white dress is summer's answer to the LBD (Little Black Dress). A must in every closet, this versatile piece is wearable for a multitude of occasions from cocktail parties and soirées, or simply to the beach—the flexibility of a well-done white dress is impressive
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Available at net-a-porter.com
With many brands ditching animal products or by-products, they’ve found other ways to satisfy their wild side with bold animal prints.
The leopard print has reignited—back and bigger than ever. The 'Naomi' skirt by Realisation Par was even named "the most popular skirt on social media", the trend has no sign of any hesitation. Now, the ever-evolving trend is making headlines in Victoria Beckham’s new collection, as seen with this striking tiger print piece.
Available at victoriabeckham.com
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Sunrise to sunset
Busy summer schedules are inevitable, but we’ve found the key to making it hassle-free. Ulla Johnson is the queen of subtly-sexy modish dresses, our pick of her 'Uma' dress makes a stylish fit when it comes to being chic from the day and into the night.
The burgundy colour makes a rich foundation for the sapphire and yellow florals, combined with ruffle details for effortless elegance.
Available at shopbop.com
The shirt dress is a timeless choice that offers both sophistication to versatility. This green-and-white striped, deep v-neck midi also gives note to the trending button-up detail, allowing you to stay classy in any heatwave to come.
The earth-toned piece is reminiscent of the iconic '50s flared skirt, providing a fun and flattering summer style solution.
Available at anthropologie.com
As street-stylers sweep the streets, we have been counting the recent surge in plaid outfits. From the unforgettable Jean-Paul Gaultier yellow suit in Clueless, to Naomi Campbell’s 1991 London Fashion Week ensemble, plaid has always been in style.
But when SS18 Fashion Week proved to be grunge-filled and Burberry’s signature check made its comeback, plaid has been brought back for good, along with print-mixing. Rosie Assoulin’s eponymous brand makes midway between romantic and practical, and this dress is no exception with its to-die-for pattern and youthful halter-neck detail.
Available at rosieassoulin.com
This bold red poppy-patterned dress by Raquel Diniz makes a stunning entrance with its lively pattern and feminine ruffles. The dress make a lightweight travel buddy with its silk-chiffon fabric, and can easily team with any holiday destination: from the beaches of Barbados, to the Museums of Venice.
The reign of red has not ended, and has no end in sight.
Available at matchesfashion.com
Winter warm for summer cool
Who says you can't have that cosy knit feeling all year round? This versatile Pepa Pombo dress makes a sweet twist on the beloved fabric, making a nod to comfortability whilst remaining chic; even incorporating Colombian-rooted details, paying homage to Pombo's culture. This dress does not fall short from Pepa Pombo’s other sophisticated designs.
This fit-and-flare dress exemplifies true minimalism with a punch of style, a perfect match with sandals and a straw bag in the summer or worn under a leather jacket with sleek white boots in the winter.
Available at modaoperandi.com